Teenage prodigy, activist, big sister: 10 questions about Coco Gauff – updated after Roland-Garros final
At 18 years old, American Coco Gauff has already become a household name in tennis circles. Get to know more about the precocious talent that has been turning heads for the last few seasons, both on and off the court
Has Coco Gauff reached the final of a Grand Slam?
Coco Gauff reached the final of Roland-Garros in June 2022. She lost to world No 1 Iga Swiatek 6-1, 6-3 in 68 minutes.
During her run to the final, she drew attention for writing on a TV camera: “End gun violence.” It was in response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which has led to more discussions in the USA over gun control.
How old is Coco Gauff?
Coco Gauff was born on March 13, 2004, and turned 18 in 2022.
Who are her family?
Her parents are Corey, a former basketball player at Georgia State University, and Candi, who competed in Track and Field and Florida State University. Her brothers are Codey, four years younger than her, and Cameron, nine years younger than her.
When did Gauff win her first Grand Slam match?
Gauff qualified at Wimbledon in 2019 and then stunned Venus Williams in the first round. She would reach the second week that year and become the youngest player to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon since 1991. She was 15 at the time.
When did Gauff win her first WTA match?
Gauff won her first WTA match at the Miami Open in 2019, when she defeated her longtime doubles partner Caty McNally in the first round. Gauff won her first WTA title at Linz in October of 2019.
Who sponsors Coco Gauff?
The American plays with Head racquets and wears New Balance attire. She is a brand ambassador for Barilla, the pasta company, and American Eagle. She is represented by Roger Federer’s management company, Team 8, and agent Tony Godsick.
Who is Gauff’s coach?
Gauff is coached by her father Corey. She also works with Patrick Mouratoglou and spends time doing training blocks at the Frenchman’s academy.
What is Gauff’s ranking?
Coco Gauff is currently ranked 23 in the world, eight spots shy of her career-high ranking of 15. She is currently the youngest player in the top 150 and the only player that has yet to turn 19 in the top 25.
What did Gauff do during quarantine?
Gauff became a vocal leader in the movement for racial justice in America by using her social media platforms to share her message. She even gave a powerful speech in Florida that went viral on social media. “If you are choosing silence you are choosing the side of the oppressor,” she said.
What is Coco Gauff’s favourite city?
The American adores Paris, and was a champion as a junior at Roland-Garros in 2018 as a 14-year-old.